Just when we had it figured out. Film might be out for TV, the old guys were rushing to digital format, the school fresh kids were talking crazy and realizing they couldn’t afford any of the above (same as it ever was), tape was ‘Ol Reliable. Right?

On March 11, Eastern Japan suffered an earthquake, and resulting tsunami, that can (and should) only be measured in a global perspective by ours and successive generations. This tragic event has caused some serious problems for the Japanese people in the short term. With the nuclear ramifications, you have to be a complete nimrod if I have to explain further… If you have not considered how the Japanese problem has affected world industry, and how long it will take to regain any of the benefits our global machine has profited from in the past, let’s get back to XDcam.

Believe it or not, everyone and their brother, has gotten dependent on HD tape stock for production and post production. The standard, as they say. HDSR produced by Sony at the top of the food chain. Yeah HDcam and DBC are still rocking and rolling for the show with waxing longevity, but the machine wants HDSR.

Long winded, yes, dramatic, but here is the skinny. Japan makes the HDSR, and since the earthquake, the entertainment industry has been concerned about a shortage.

Here the release from Sony in April:

“Status of Sony Group Manufacturing Operations Affected by the East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Related Power Outages


(Tokyo, April 6, 2011) – Sony Corporation (“Sony” or the “Company”) today updated the status of Sony Group manufacturing operations affected by the March 11 East Japan earthquake, tsunami and related power outages, as of April 6, 2011.

As of March 14, 2011, operations at ten Sony Group sites and facilities had been suspended as a result of damage caused by the earthquake, tsunami and related power outages. As announced on March 22, 2011, manufacturing operations at three of these sites had since resumed or partially resumed. As of April 6, 2011, manufacturing operations at five other sites have also resumed or partially resumed.

·         Sony Manufacturing Systems Corporation, Kuki Plant (Saitama Prefecture) <Surface mounting equipment, etc.> – Resumed on March 15, 2011.

·         Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation, Kanuma Plant (Tochigi Prefecture) <Bonding materials, optics materials, etc.> – Partially resumed on March 15, 2011. Further expanded operations on March 23, 2011.

·         Sony Energy Devices Corporation, Tochigi Plant (Tochigi Prefecture) <Lithium ion secondary batteries, etc.> – Partially resumed on March 22, 2011.

·         Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation

·         – Tome Plant (Miyagi Prefecture) <Optical devices, IC cards, etc.>

·           > Nakada Site – Partially resumed on March 28, 2011.

·           > Toyosato Site – Partially resumed on March 28, 2011.

·         Sony DADC Japan Inc., Ibaraki Facility (Ibaraki Prefecture) <CDs, DVDs, etc.> – Partially resumed on March 28, 2011.

·         Sony Energy Devices Corporation <Lithium ion secondary batteries, etc.>

·         – Koriyama Plant (Fukushima Prefecture) – Partially resumed on April 1, 2011. (Coin batteries, etc.)

·         – Motomiya Plant (Fukushima Prefecture) – Scheduled to gradually resume operations by the end of April 2011.

·         Sony Shiroishi Semiconductor Inc. (Miyagi Prefecture) <Semiconductor lasers> – Partially resumed on April 6, 2011.

·         Sony Chemical & Information Device Corporation

·         – Tagajyo Plant (Miyagi Prefecture) <Magnetic tapes, Blu-ray discs, etc.> – Currently undergoing cleaning and damage inspection.

As also announced on March 22, 2011, manufacturing operations at certain manufacturing sites that were not directly damaged by the earthquake and tsunami have been adjusted in response to planned power outages and the availability of necessary raw materials and components. While the situation varies according to product, Sony is responding to fluctuations in material or component supply by adjusting production levels at the five sites announced on March 22, 2011, and also at certain other domestic and overseas manufacturing sites from time to time. However, as of April 6, 2011, none of those sites has been required to fully suspend operations.

Sony will continue to monitor the availability of raw materials and components, and endeavor to maintain supplies of any products affected by these adjustments by relying on existing inventory to the extent available. The Company also plans to take further measures as necessary, including reallocating available materials and components among Sony Group companies, using alternative components and expanding procurement channels in order to restore full production capacity as early as possible.

The Company is continuing to evaluate the full impact of the earthquake, tsunami and related power outages, including the impact of these production adjustments, on Sony’s businesses and consolidated financial results.”


More information is already out regarding how many of these operations are doing currently. Look for the follow up post at Hollywood Oracle.

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